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Aston Villa vs. Arsenal score: Early Ollie Watkins goal leads Villains over Gunners

For all of their possession, the Gunners were limited to a handful of shots on target by Villa's back line and Arteta's changes were not sufficient to bring about the equalizer.

The Londoners were all too often sloppy in possession and not purposeful enough going forward with Willian's second half introduction and lack of contribution symptomatic of their struggles.

Sometimes questioned for his lapses in concentration but rarely for his leadership and influence, the England international delivered a performance of the highest quality with a number of key tackles and interceptions.

Mings snuffed out a number of promising Arsenal opportunities before they could come to fruition and was part of a very good back line showing from Smith's side.

Martinez left Arsenal for Villa with a heavy heart and completed a bittersweet double over his former clubs with a handful of very good saves as the home defense held firm to deny the Gunners.

He has been worth every penny so far and continues to have a tangible impact on results and the Villans' rise up the Premier League table after last season's brush with relegation.

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